TimesLIVE timeslive.co.za 20 Sep, 2020 00:00 am

Mystery of 'staggering' PPE error

The Gauteng business owner linked to an R800m personal protective equipment (PPE) tender says he was shocked when he saw the figures in the health department's commitment letter because his quotation had been for one-tenth of the "staggering" amount.

News 20 September 2020 - 00:00 Harvey Buthelezi, executive chair of HSB Mercantile, says he submitted an R87m quote to supply the Gauteng health department with PPE, and in return received a commitment letter for 10 times that amount.The Gauteng business owner linked to an R800m personal protective equipment (PPE) tender says he was shocked when he saw the figures in the health department's commitment letter because his quotation had been for one-tenth of the "staggering" amount.He said errors by health department officials resulted in his R87m quotation ballooning to R873m - before the contract was chopped to R4.Buthelezi was thrust into the spotlight when a list of companies that benefited from the Gauteng health department's PPE procurement programme circulated on social media.

Buthelezi said he had sought to conduct business with the health department after he resigned from his job as group operating officer of Southern Palace in July." After making inquiries he was directed to the health department's war room in Midrand, where he met the then CFO Kabelo Lehloenya.

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